Stop feeding the enemy! Really, we feed the government more than enough through payroll and sales taxes. there is no need to feed it more money to waste in order to get the things you desire.
Many of the things you buy are taxed heavily long before you get your hands on them. Then, you have to pay sales tax on top of it! It’s simply wrong.
The government tries to say it’s taxing the “business”. Ummmm…. bullshit!
Yes, the “business” that produces the things subject to heavy excise and “sin” taxes do send that money to the treasury but, YOU PAY THE TAX in the form of increased cost for the product you want! Every time the government institutes, or increases, a tax on something, YOU PAY in the form of increased prices.
Well, there is a little known secret.
If you’re willing to do so, you can get the materials before any tax is imposed and then put it all together yourself. by doing that, there IS NO excise tax!
Home brewers of beer and makers of wine have known this for decades! They make their own beer and wine, bypassing the federal and local excise taxes entirely.
Another segment of consumers are being taxed to death and are slowly finding out they too can bypass the taxman.That segment of the population are those people who smoke tobacco in various forms, pipe, cigarettes, cigars…
Cigarette tobacco is taxed the most heavily at the federal, state, and local, levels. the taxes are now so high that in some places, the lowest price for a pack of cigarettes is over $10!!!! Now, smokers have found that they can save thousands of dollars per year by purchasing their tobacco essentially “straight from the farm” in whole leaf form. All they need to do is shred that tobacco, blend it to their preferred taste, and make their own cigarettes or pipe tobacco.Cigar smokers discovered this a long time ago!
One company catering to the smokers who want to dramatically lower the cost of their cigarettes, as low as $1 per pack, is High Desert Tobacco! They are an online retailer only and you must be over the age of 18 to use their site. They offer the four most common types of tobacco used to make cigarettes and pipe tobacco as well as everything you’ll ever need to make the best, lowest cost, smoke you’ve ever had.
So, if you smoke, pipe, hooka, or cigarettes, head on over to High Desert Tobacco and start saving thousands of dollars per year!
Our store, High Desert Tobacco, is offering great deals to help the smoker smoke for far less money, and probably smoke fewer cigarettes at the same time.
The cost of your smoking, if you use whole leaf tobacco and make your own cigarettes, will go down to around $1 per pack! For the 2 pack a day smoker, that can be a savings of over $4,000 per year! Imagine what you can do with that amount of money!
As for smoking less, I’ll talk from personal experience! When I first started rolling my own cigarettes, using commercially produced cigarette tobacco, my smoking immediately went from over 2 packs per day to one pack per day, and often less than that. The reasons are a bit fuzzy in my mind but, perhaps it was because I was getting a more satisfying smoke and didn’t feel the need to light up as often. Now that I use whole leaf tobacco to blend tobacco to my preferred taste, I do smoke less than a pack per day. The cigarettes are so satisfying I simply do not get the urge as often and I enjoy each and every cigarette much more.
So, what does it cost to use whole leaf tobacco?
Keep in mind that you will probably want four kinds of tobacco:
Virginia Flue Cured is a main ingredient of American cigarette blends:
I also use Virginia Brightleaf Flue Cured tobacco. This is NOT a normal part of commercial cigarette blends but it does lighten the smoke significantly! If you prefer a light cigarette, you’ll want it and if you prefer an ultra-light cigarette, you’ll want a lot of it!
Another type you’ll want, but not nearly as much of it unless you like a strong smoke, is Tennessee Burley. I use a maximum of 25% Tennessee Burley in my smokes. It adds flavor and body as well as a bit of a nicotine hit.
Last, but certainly not least, is our Turkish Izmir tobacco! This is an oriental type of tobacco with tiny leaves. Unlike the Tennessee and Virginia varieties, you don’t have to worry about removing that big center rib. This tobacco will add a nice, sweet/spicy, flavor to your smoke. I use about 15% in my cigarette blend.
So, to start, if you’re not sure you want to commit to this route, I would suggest get a 1/4 pound package of each kind. We have actually made up a sampler combo just for that purpose. It contains 1/4 pound packages of each type of tobacco at a small savings. You can find it here for $18.95.
With this package, you will be able to experiment with blends until you find a smoke you absolutely love!
Of course you’ll have to shred the tobacco so you can use it. A hand cranked pasta machine that has spaghetti cutters will do the job or, you can do like many people do and cut it with a knife of scissors. Another option is to buy our hand cranked tobacco shredder or buy the other combo deal that includes that shredder for $56.95. The shredder will last a couple of years in normal use if you don’t abuse it. The shredder by itself is $37.95.
So, let’s say you got that sampler pack by itself. You’ve spent $18.95 so far and you’ll have enough tobacco to make more than a carton of cigarettes… probably close to 2 cartons. Keep that dollar amount in mind.
If you’re like me and want cigarettes that look and smoke like commercially made cigarettes, you’ll need empty tubes that have filters at one end. Those range in price from $2.00 for a carton of 200 to $2.45 for a carton of 250. For menthol smokers, there are tubes to give you that flavor too! All our rolling papers and cigarette tubes are here.
Let’s stay with an experimental venture and you’re just trying this whole leaf thing out so, you just want one carton of cigarette tubes. That’s $2.00. Now, we’re up to $20.95 and only going to make one carton of smokes. That’s more than $1 per pack for sure but still far less than the normal $6 or more per pack of ready-made smokes.
One more thing you’ll want is a way to get the tobacco into those empty tubes! We sell a couple of tobacco injectors just for that purpose and plan on selling more kinds in the near future.
Injector machines come in a lot of varieties but, we suggest you get one that works easily without breaking the bank. Our Powermatic Mini fits that bill perfectly! It’s $17.95 but will work smoothly and give you years of use. It does the job of stuffing your shredded and blended tobacco into your empty tubes.
Of course, you can spend as little as $3.00 on an even cheaper type but I doubt you’ll like it much. We sell them because some folks do like them but, I personally do not.
OK, so now, we’re up to a total of $38.90 for tobacco and accessories. that’s still less than the cost of one carton of commercially made cigarettes. The bonus is that the shredder and the injector will last a good long time and all you’ll ever need to buy over again, if you decide to stick with whole leaf tobacco, is the tobacco itself and the tubes, or rolling papers!
Once you know your blend, you’ll also know how much of each type of tobacco you’ll need. Once you know that, you’ll probably start purchasing by the pound and your cost per pack of cigarettes will come down to about $1 per pack!
Each week, we’re going to be adding more products such as power shredders, more injectors, filters for hand rolled cigarettes, pipes (water pipes even!), more brands of rolling papers and cigarette tubes, and we’ll eventually expand our selection of tobaccos too.
We’ve reached a point where we felt comfortable placing the store in “live” mode. Though we still do not have all of our products listed, we have more than enough for anyone wanting to lower their smoking cost to get started!
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OK, that $1 per pack is variable but, an average cost per pack of cigarettes really should not go much more than that! Right now, cigarettes and cigarette tobacco is under tremendous pressure from excessive taxation. In Nevada, the tax on cigarettes has just been increased by ANOTHER $1 per pack! That’s a state tax on TOP of federal excise taxes! That will bring the retail price of commercially produced cigarettes above $6 per pack. In some states, taxes are so onerous that the cost of a pack of cigarettes, even the bad ones, is over $10!
People who are willing to go to a small bit of work, easy work, can easily reduce their costs of smoking cigarettes to under $1 per pack and end up with a cigarette that is the best tasting, chemical free, most satisfying, cigarette they could imagine.
I’m talking about buying tobacco in unprocessed, whole leaf, form and then shredding and blending that tobacco so you can make your own cigarettes. You can get everything you need at High Desert Tobacco!
Of course, if it’s worth it to you to spend 5 to 10 times as much for a chemical laden pack of commercially produced cigarettes, well, that’s up to you.
If you don’t want to spend that much, and still want to have the best cigarette you’ve ever had, keep reading!
The process is pretty simple. You buy three or four ( I use four) types of good tobacco leaf, strip out the big center rib from each leaf, shred the leaf, blend your shredded tobacco in the proportions that give YOU the smoke you like best, then make your cigarettes either rolling with traditional rolling papers or use cigarette tubes and inject the tobacco into them.
I use four kinds of whole leaf tobacco:
Virginia Flue Cured – This is traditional cigarette tobacco found in every American blend.
Virginia Brightleaf flue Cured – A very light flavored, lower nicotine, tobacco.
Tennessee Burley – An air cured tobacco also traditionally part of American cigarette blends.
Turkish Izmir – A small air cured leaf that is used to add flavor. It’s very mild and sort of sweet tasting.
My latest experiment was blending 1 ounce of tobacco in the following proportions:
.3 ounces of Virginia Flue Cured
.3 ounces of Virginia Brightleaf
.2 ounces of Tennessee Burley
.2 ounces of Turkish Izmir.
All of the above is available now, as well as everything you need to use it, at High Desert Tobacco.
The result of the above formula is a very smooth, fairly light, flavorful smoke!
OK, so what about the whole thing of getting whole leaf tobacco?
Very simply, buying whole leaf tobacco is cheaper! It is not taxed other than local sales tax since it is a pure agricultural product. It is not yet classified as a “tobacco product” since it has not been processed into usable form!
Another detail about using whole leaf tobacco, just as it comes from the farmer, is that no chemicals have been added to it. In fact, if you’re concerned about possible chemicals from fertilizer or insecticides, the leaves can be washed! Yep, just use a damp sponge to wipe them down or even quickly rinse them under cold water and let them dry out again until they are still pliable but not wet before you start pulling out that big center rib and shredding them.
Speaking of that big center rib, you can see it clearly in the photo of Virginia Flue cured tobacco below:
That big dark center rib is not something you want in your cigarette. Turkish tobacco leaves also have a center rib but it’s so small that you don’t have to do anything with it. You do have to strip it out of all American tobaccos. In a pound of whole leaf tobacco, the center rib will account for about 4 ounces so, you get about 12 ounces of leaf to use in your cigarettes. That amount of tobacco will make up about 1.5 cartons of cigarettes. I usually find where the center rib has become pretty small near the top of the leaf, break the rib there, and then strip from that point downward to the base of the rib.
Once you have the center ribs out of the leaves, you’ll need to shred them. There are various methods of doing so. You can stack your leaves (all one type) and use scissors or a sharp knife to shred them. A YouTube video of doing that is here:
There are power shredders of various types available too. They cost about $280 and the best is the PowerMatic shredder in my personal opinion. If that sounds like a lot of money, it is but if you figure things out, buying commercially made cigarettes is going to cost the 2 pack per day smoker about $500 per month as is. Using whole leaf tobacco, your cost per month will be less than $70 for tobacco and rolling supplies so, even buying the expensive power shredder, you’ll still save $150 the very first month and the shredder will last YEARS!
I shred all of my tobacco right away keeping each type separate until I decide to blend up a batch.
Blending is pretty easy too! I use a little pocket scale, like the one available on Ebay here (http://www.ebay.com/itm/291472823474) even more accurate than the one in the video below, to measure out each kind of tobacco I want. Learning to blend your tobacco is pretty well laid out in this video:
Once you’ve got your tobacco blend figured out, you’ll know exactly how much of what kinds to order! Finding whole leaf tobacco by the pound is easy! It’s about to get even easier and a little cheaper when http://www.highdeserttobacco.com goes online! They’ll be selling whole leaf tobacco at $15.99 per pound while the other two major retailers sell it at about $16.99 per pound.
As for actually making cigarettes, I use a tobacco injector machine (you can get a nice one like this for about $30: www.ebay.com/itm/291475754627) to fill cigarette tubes but, I’ve also rolling using papers and filters. Either method is easy enough. Here is a video on rolling cigarettes using papers but no filters:
If you want to use an injector machine, and I bet you will eventually, this video show you how:
So, I hope this blog was informative and gave you ideas! remember, there is no really good reason to be paying $6 or more for your pack of cigarettes! In fact, if you’re spending more than $1 for each pack of smokes, you’re paying too much!
We’ve gotten in our first shipment of tobacco so, we figured it was time to let folks see what we’ll be offering to start things off.
First of all, let’s take a look at the tobacco sampler package. This is 6 ounces of tobacco made up of four ounces of Virginia Brightleaf, one ounce of Tennessee Burley, and one ounce of Turkish.
Next, we have Virginia Brightleaf that we’ll sell by the pound or in four ounce packages.
And, our Tennessee Burley that is also sold by the pound or in four ounce packages.
This is how it comes to us. It’s in great shape! Good moisture content to keep it pliable and free of mold. When you get it, you can shred it right away but we suggest letting it dry out in the open air a little before blending and smoking.
As I posted before, I incorporated High Desert Heirloom LLC and had intended to use that business entity for online sales of whole leaf tobacco.
The online store should be ready for business by the end of next week 5/8/2015!
Upon further consideration, I found that using the LLC for sales was not my best option so, I have established a new entity and associated domain, High Desert Tobacco. The domain and website is HighDesertTobacco.com but, the site is not live for use just yet! There is a lot of setup to be done before customers will be able to use the site to order their tobacco or accessories.
Please stay tuned! I’ll make a big announcement when the retail site is live and ready to use!
Since High Desert Heirloom LLC will soon be selling whole leaf tobacco via the site ‘HighDesertTobacco.com’ in the near future, I felt it would be good to help prospective customers know how to actually use the stuff!
This is a fairly involved post and a bit lengthy. I’m trying to convey all the important points clearly.
Firstly, perhaps we should talk about why to use whole leaf tobacco to make your own cigarettes with.
Cost. The average pack of Marlboro or other brand name cigarettes cost well over $5. Using whole leaf tobacco will drop that cost to under $1 per pack!
Health. Now, every government agency and every doctor and everyone against smoking will say that using whole leaf tobacco is not any better for you than using manufactured tobacco products. It is MY opinion though, that whole leaf is healthier! Here is why:
No added chemicals! The tobacco industry does several things to tobacco that goes into the standard cigarette they sell. One of those things is to take all the stems and pieces and turn it into the same sort of pulp that paper would be made from. In fact, other than not bleaching it, the process is the same and they end up with a product called ‘reconstituted tobacco’ and they use that in their cigarette blends. In addition to the ‘reconstituted tobacco’ crap, they add other chemicals to alter taste and nicotine levels.
Satisfaction. Using whole leaf tobacco, you can easily make your own custom blend that has the taste and level of strength (From very mild to super strong) that you like best and duplicate that as much as you like. You could have several blends to use through the day. You might have blends for your morning smokes, another for mid day, and another for that relaxing evening smoke before bed.
Entertainment. What? Cigarettes for entertainment? Well, the process of shredding and blending your own batch of tobacco can be quite entertaining and many people make a hobby of experimenting just to see what they end up with.
“Hey, I can get bags of tobacco for cheap and I don’t have to do all that shredding and blending stuff!”Yep, you can buy blended pipe tobacco pretty cheaply for sure! But, you’re getting the blend the manufacturer dictates AND you’re still getting chemical additives! They add chemicals to alter flavors, burning characteristics, and o preserve the moist tobacco.
When you buy whole leaf tobacco, whether from us at HighDesertTobacco.com or from another retailer of whole leaf, you get plain straight tobacco as it comes from the grower. Nothing added, nothing taken away. All the leaf is checked to ensure it’s in good condition and it arrives at your door, or mail box, ready to shred! It looks a lot like this:
So, let’s get on with how to find the blend you like best and how to duplicate it!
At HighDesertTobacco.com, we’ll be selling a ‘blend pack’ consisting of about 11.2oz of flue cured Virginia brightleaf, 2.5oz of Tennessee Burley, and 2.5oz of Turkish Izmir tobaccos. That closely corresponds to the common blend used in manufactured cigarettes and is plenty for experimentation! 1 ounce of tobacco will easily make a full pack of cigarettes… actually, two or more.
There are a couple of ways to experiment and find a blend you like. A very low tech method is demonstrated in the video below but, consistency suffers a bit using that method:
You can see that the technique above is a rough “guestimation” sort of thing at best. It works, after a fashion, but is not the best method. There are better ways!
The best method is by using a small digital scale that will weigh your tobacco down to 0.01 ounces. Those are fairly inexpensive and pretty darned accurate! HighDesertTobacco.com will be selling scales but we don’t have any in stock just yet. Many retailers sell them and you may find one that works at your local Walmart, Target, Sears, or other shops. Pawn shops often have them and sometimes, they show up at Goodwill stores.
The reason for this is that you’ll be blending your tobacco according to percentages or absolute weights and want to be able to keep track of how much of each tobacco type you are using.
After shredding a small amount of each of your tobacco types, we’ll cover that process at another time, you can get started with your experiments of blending.
First of all, I suggest you simply roll a cigarette of all Virginia brightleaf and try it out! You’ll find that it’s sort of ‘middle of the road’ in body. Not super mild nor super strong tasting. Many people prefer it.
Next, you might try putting 0.08 ounces of Virginia brightleaf with 0.02 ounces of Turkish Izmir and try that. Make sure to mix the two tobaccos completely so that the Turkish is distributed throughout the Virginia tobacco so the taste is consistent through the whole cigarette. I think you’ll find that this gives you a milder smoke.
If that mix was too mild, try going to 0.09 ounces of Virginia tobacco with 0.01 ounces of the Turkish.
Perhaps that was “OK” but not fulfilling. Now might be a good time to add the Tennessee Burley to the mix. Try 0.08 ounces of Virginia, 0.01 ounces of Tennessee Burley, and 0.01 ounces of Turkish and see how that tastes.
If it’s too strong, try cutting down the Virginia a little, maybe to 0.06 ounces, and increasing the Turkish to 0.03 ounces. If it was too light, cut the Virginia tobacco to 0.06 ounces, increase the Burley to 0.02 ounces, and keep the Turkish at 0.02 ounces.
Write down the weights each time you change the mix and notate how you liked each one! When you find ‘the right mix’ for your personal taste, you now have the proportions you need to make that blend!
For example, if you found that 0.06 ounces of Virginia blended with .0.02 ounces of Burley and 0.02 ounces of Turkish was just right, then you now know that your blend is 60% Virginia, 20% Burley, and 20% Turkish.
Using that formula, you can now blend up a few ounces! Six ounces will make about a full carton of cigarettes so, you would blend 3.6 ounces of Virginia with 1.2 ounces of Burley and 1.2 ounces of Turkish. That formula is: 6X0.6 = 3.6, 6X0.2 = 1.2. (3.6+1.2+1.2 = 6)
Part of the fun is the discovery of what each tobacco does to the cigarette! Don’t be afraid to try things out. With a one pound “Blend pack”, you’ll have enough tobacco to try dozens of different mixes and still be able to settle on the one you like best. from that point on, you know how much of each individual tobacco to order for the future.
We have taken the first step in becoming a Nevada Corporation and filed our Articles of Incorporation with the Secretary of State in Nevada.
We’ve also purchased our business license so that we can start commercial operation right away.
Our first effort in retail operation is to sell one type of agricultural commodity. Unprocessed tobacco that can be used however the end user wishes to use it! We’ll be able to offer this, by the pound, to our customers at great savings. Initial pricing is looking like $15 – $17 per pound plus shipping.
In the near future, we’ll have pages set up so that the general public, over the age of 18, may see what we have to offer and make purchases online. We’ll also have informational pages about what uses the tobacco can have and how to do what you want to do!
High Desert Heirloom is purchasing a small order of three varieties of whole leaf, straight from the farm, tobacco to sell. We’ll make an announcement here when the tobacco is ready for sale and we have an ordering system in place. Only persons over the age of 18 may order!!!
These tobaccos can be used to make your own blend of cigarette tobacco or pipe tobacco. Heck, you could even use it to make up some interesting chew!
The three varieties will be:
Virginia Bright leaf:
This tobacco is a mild, flue cured tobacco. It’s nicotine content is not considered to be strong and it has a mild, pleasant taste when smoked. It is usually used by American tobacco companies as about 70% of the tobacco blend in cigarettes. The leaves are large and the center rib should be stripped out prior to shredding for use in either pipes or cigarettes. Those center ribs can be used for other things!
Tennessee Burley tobacco:
Tennessee Burley tobacco has a strong flavor and higher nicotine content. It usually makes up about 15% of American cigarette blends. Like the Virginia tobacco above, it has large leaves with a large center rib that should be stripped out prior to shredding for use.
Oriental (Turkish) Prilep tobacco:
Oriental (Turkish) tobacco is air cured and has a very mild flavor and lower nicotine levels. In regular American cigarettes, it usually makes up about 15% of the blend. This variety has smaller leaves and can be shredded whole without removing the center rib.
We are going to offer all three varieties at $17 per pound with free shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 states. The minimum order will be 2 pounds.
Packaging will be in one pound, vacuum sealed, bags to preserve freshness and moisture content.
Why are we selling this and why are we only selling it in whole leaf form?
High Desert Heirloom farm is going to need more capital in order to get up and running. Tobacco is one of the cash crops we will be raising and selling so, it makes sense for us to use tobacco as our first effort at raising funds.
As for the whole leaf form, THAT is to keep costs down for EVERYONE involved! You see, tobacco that is still in the whole leaf form is not subject to the taxes imposed on shredded, or otherwise processed, tobacco meant for end use. It’s a simple agricultural product.
Why shouldn’t you simply go down to the store and buy pre-shredded tobacco if you want to roll your own cigarettes?
If you don’t mind paying upwards of $30 for only six ounces of tobacco and you don’t want the hassle of shredding your own and you are fine with the blends you’ll get, then buying the pre-shredded rolling tobacco makes sense! That will work out to about $30 for a carton of cigarettes.
However, If you want to lower your cost, have total, control over the blend of your tobacco, and don’t mind shredding your own, you can get the cost of your carton of cigarettes down to about $8.50! That’s much less than 1/3 the cost of rolling your own with pre-shredded and processed cigarette tobacco and less than 1/4 the cost of pre-made cigarettes!
Other advantages are mostly over manufactured cigarettes. It is semi-illegal for anyone to say that any tobacco is ‘healthier’ than any other tobacco so. we’ll just run through the differences between what we’re selling and what you get in that pack of manufactured smokes.
Manufactured cigarettes contain a whole host of chemicals that come from the process used. Cigarette manufacturers have found that they need a very uniform and consistent shredded tobacco in order for their machines to run in peak form. In order to ensure that consistency, they first blend the varieties of tobacco as pieces of leaf. After that, they pulp the entire mix into what is best described as ‘tobacco paper pulp’. Also during this process, the nicotine levels may, or may not, be ‘adjusted’ by the tobacco company.
Making the tobacco paper pulp and getting it ready to become a thin sheet of tobacco paper requires a bit of chemical help. those chemicals do not get washed out!
Once the sheets, rolls really, of this processed tobacco is ready, then it is run through the shredding machines and stuffed into cigarette tubes.
With whole leaf tobacco, YOU do the shredding and no chemicals are added! You also have the opportunity to flavor your tobacco is you wish to do so. It’s not difficult! You also have total control over the kind of blend you want… more flavor… less nicotine… less flavor… super strong… super light…
Check back often to see when we announce that sales are starting!
For the last several decades, huge agricultural giants such as Monsanto,Archer Daniels Midland, Tyson, and a host of huge corporations and conglomerates have been pushing what many have termed “Frankenfood”. These are Genetically Modified Organisms or, GMO varieties of plant and ANIMAL foods.
There has never been any meaningful, long term, testing of the effects the laboratory modifications to these plants and animals has on the human body. Right now, many strains of plants, corn in particular, have been modified so that the plant produces its own insecticide! We are supposed to believe that these toxins somehow magically degrade or disappear when the crop reaches maturity and is harvested… really?
In addition to genetic modifications done in laboratories to the plants themselves, crops raised by these huge companies are treated with a wide variety of chemical fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. These chemicals DO make it to you table! No amount of washing will get rid of all of it and trace amounts, at the very least, remain on it when you consume the produce.
These mega-corporations in the agriculture industry are waging a constant and horrific battle against small growers who refuse to use their “Frankenseeds” or their chemicals. More than one farmer with the misfortune to be planting within pollination range of any “Frankenfood” crop has been taken to court in order to force them to give up their crop and prohibited from saving their own seeds for planting the next year.
One of the major goals of High Desert Heirloom Farm is to enable individuals so that they can grow their own, healthy, food. Whether it be a tiny apartment balcony planter or many acres of farm land, each individual should be able to access the knowledge and materials to grow their own food.
High Desert Heirloom Farm will NOT use any laboratory produced GMO plant varieties…ever! Nor will we use hybrid strains since those do not produce viable seeds for other people to plant but require a cross pollination each and every year.Our seed stocks will be true seed stocks that can be distributed to everyone.
In order to ensure the purity of our seeds, only one variety of vegetable or herb will be planted each year to begin with. This will ensure that the bees and other insects do not cross pollinate our crops. In future years, we plan to have screen type enclosures that will tent each planting area so that we will be able to grow several strains each season and still have pure seed stock to distribute.
At High Desert Heirloom Farm, only natural fertilization methods will be used. that means that various manures will have to be composted and worked into the soil. We’ll also be composting all of our plant matter from clearing brush and that left over after the harvest.
Pest control is always a farmer’s or gardener’s big worry too. For each problem, there are multiple methods to naturally deal with it. We’ll be investigating pesticides and deterrents made from only natural materials such as nicotine, lye, and other substances. Another avenue of pest control, or bug control, will be using chickens in the planting areas…dual purpose birds they are! Bug eaters and ground fertilizers in one feathery package.
Another area of pest control that many people face is the wide variety of animals who know a tasty meal when they see, or smell, one! Our planting areas will be surrounded with fencing designed to keep out a wide variety of furry raiders.
Within five years, we at High Desert Heirloom Farm hope to be distributing a wide variety of seed at minimal cost to the purchaser. The information we develop in the way of “How to” knowledge will always be free to the public via our website. DVD tutorials will also be produced and sold at the lowest cost we can manage. There may be printed books in the future as well.
During all of this, High Desert Heirloom Farm will be offering a large portion of our crop free of charge to food banks for distribution to needy families and individuals.
Some portion of every crop will be sold to cover operation and development costs too. There is a good chance that one crop will be designated as only a cash crop. That decision has not yet been made but the idea is being looked into.